Indian Information Service

Indian Information Service

Indian Information Service


The full form of IIS is “The Indian Information Service“.

The Indian Information Service is the civil service under Group A, and Group B of the Central Civil Services of the executive branch of the Government of India.

During the training period there is also a 3-week training module for IIS Officer Trainees at Film and Television Institute of India Pune.

This is followed by nine months of professional training at Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi.

Indian Information Service officers are the media managers of the Government of India.


After the officers are allocated the Service depending on their rank and preferences in the Civil Services Exam, they undergo a three months Foundation Course at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration Mussoorie.


IIS officers are also posted as spokespersons to various constitutional bodies such as Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Election Commission of India and statutory bodies such as Central Bureau of Investigation.

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They act as a vital communication link between the Government and the people by way of disseminating information and communicating various Government policies and schemes to the public at large.

Indian Information Service (IIS) was established as an organised central service named Central Information Service (CIS) on 1 March 1960.


And also collecting and providing valuable feedback to the Government for policy formulation.

Besides postings all over India, an IIS officer also gets posted to a few foreign assignments under Prasar Bharathi.

Most IIS officers work in various media units which are under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting such as DD News, All India Radio, Press Information Bureau, DAVP etc.

Prior to 1960, these posts were manned by officers recruited separately by each media unit. In 1987, CIS was bifurcated into IIS Group ‘A’ and IIS Group ‘B’.

During their tenure in Press Information Bureau, they are posted with various Ministries as spokespersons to handle the Ministry’s information and communication needs and help in policy formulation.


IIS Group-A officers are selected through two modes,


Direct recruitment through the prestigious Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to the various Civil Services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.

And also through promotion to IIS Group-A from the Senior Grade officers of IIS Group-B.

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Thereafter, an IIS Probationer undergoes one year On-Job-Training, during which he is attached to various media units under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting such as-

• Press Information Bureau

• DD News

• Registrar of Newspapers for India

• Directorate of Field Publicity

• All India Radio

• Publications Division

• New Media Wing of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

• Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity

• Electronic Media Monitoring Centre etc.


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